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Champion remembers past Sophia Hahn

Melanie Oelrich

As Liberty University’s Homecoming weekend arrives, the Liberty Champion newspaper celebrates its 30th anniversary and reflects on how it has changed — from the publication’s first advisor to its current advisor. In 1983, when Liberty was called Liberty Baptist College, Ann Wharton was hired to be the first faculty advisor for the new university newspaper. She then recruited a team of students to assist her in creating the publication. “Our first editor, Lawrence Swicegood, was an excellent editor who stuck to the project through thick and thin throughout the first year,” Wharton said. “We applied Jerry Falwell, Sr.’s exhortation – don’t quit.” Wharton also said acquiring a routine was critical during the first few weeks of publishing. “We had to be prepared to have things turn topsy turvy in a minute,” Wharton said. “As the owner of the Pawn Shop from Pawn Stars says, ‘You never know what will come through that door.’” During that time, technology and the printing process was not up to speed like it is today. According to Wharton, editors were required to make a dummy for each page, indicating where each article, photograph, headline and graphic would go. Ruth Bibby | Liberty Champion


TUBING — The Office of Military Affairs hosted family activities at Snowflex. See story on page B8.

Parkings lots close due to construction Dylan Friberg

As Liberty University continues to be blanketed with new and continuing construction projects, the administration will be making a slew of parking changes, primarily near the Reber-Thomas Dining

Hall and Bailey Lot, which is between the baseball and football stadiums. The Bailey Lot has 170 parking spaces blocked off because of construction. The Bailey area is a primary area of change because of the new vehicular tunnel that is being constructed under the train tracks nearby, according to Vice President of

Research and Analysis Richard Martin. One of the biggest construction projects, which will help address the campus’s parking issues, is a new 1,400-car parking garage going up next to the Reber-Thomas Dining Hall, Martin said. According to Martin, to make travel to and from Reber-Thomas and the parking

garage, Reber-Thomas Drive will be converted into a two-lane road. The parking spaces for cars and motorcycles along Reber-Thomas Drive will be relocated to the first row of Speakman near the bookstore,


Iconic scenes decorate halls Each year arts students make saran wrap sculptures to diplay in the ILRC Tiffany Samuels

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SCULPT — Students’ art projects grace the ILRC.

The Cowardly Lion, the Tin Man, the Scarecrow and Dorothy all take their iconic stance as they prepare to skip down the yellow brick road. Samantha Baker and Jake Ryan lean in for an anticipated kiss on a table with a birthday cake with 16 candles. Tim Tebow kneels in prayer in celebration of another touchdown pass. Each of these scenes is portrayed through decorations on the third floor of

DeMoss Hall. Professor Todd Smith, director of the Visual Communication Arts program at Liberty, teaches Arts 330, a sculpture class that introduces sculpture making techniques and concepts of sculpture. The sculptures are displayed around campus, particularly on the third floor of DeMoss. At the beginning of each fall semester for the past five years, Smith has assigned his students to work in groups to complete these sculptures. Each group chooses

a famous scene, painting or photograph from history to portray. Smith said these sculptures help the students and the public to see iconic scenes in a different way. “How many of us have seen the Wizard of Oz where they are going down the yellow brick road?” Smith said. The uniqueness of the sculptures guides people to stop and look. Students use various materials such as cardboard, wood, PVC pipes, Saran Wrap, Cling Wrap and packing tape. Smith said students are attracted to the




Liberty student starts East West, a successful wedding A10 film company.

The Liberty men’s DI hockey team splits weekend games. B1

Freedom 4/24’s Run for Their Lives was held Oct. 12. B8

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sculptures project every semester it has been a part of his curriculum. “I always stand back and watch, and students are taking their phones out,” Smith said. “They are taking pictures, and you can see they are sending them to people.” Smith said he believes the interest in the sculptures stems from a Godgiven desire. “(God) made us to enjoy beauty, and it’s all around us,” Smith said.

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Marken honored Student earns history award for paper Kristen Hines

Karissa Marken became the third student from Liberty University’s history graduate program to win the Nels Andrew Cleven Founder’s Prize when her paper, “Autonomy Imposed: Virginia During the English Civil War,” was chosen by the Phi Alta Theta (PAT) National Honors Society in September 2013. According to Dr. Samuel Smith, the director of the history graduate program, Liberty graduate students have received this national honor for the past three consecutive years. The Nels Andrew Cleven Founder’s Prize was created in the 1920s in honor of Nels Cleven, the founder of PAT, an American history honors society. According to the PAT website, only graduate students who are members of PAT are eligible to be chosen to receive a cash prize for their exceptional historical papers. According to Smith, Liberty began its own chapter in 1985 and received the PAT Best Chapter Award in 2012. At a very young age, Marken said she became aware of her love for history. “When I was in middle school … we were assigned to read about the Stuarts dynasty in England,” Marken said. “There was a double-page spread, and I fell in love with those pages. I remember very clearly what they looked like, and it was an aspect of history that I knew nothing about and found fascinating. That sparked a love of British history in me.” Marken said she also has a deep love of Virginian history because she grew up in Richmond. “Growing up in Virginia, you just kind of have history all around you … My grandparents lived in Richmond, and coming home from there, we would follow the path of Lee’s retreat from Richmond to Appomattox,” Marken said. According to Marken, her interest in these two aspects of history gave her a passion and deep interest for her paper topic. “That is one of the reasons I enjoyed writing this paper so much, because it allowed me to combine my love for British history … with my love of Virginia history,” Marken said. “It was a neat connection that I never made before.” Marken said that, while re-

searching this topic, she found that no one had really studied the information by itself. Although it was often mentioned in the context of Virginia, there was very little in-depth information regarding Virginia’s role as a royal colony in the 1640s. “My natural curiosity spurred me onto it, because I wanted to learn more, and it just wasn’t easily out there,” Marken said. “Not much had been done on it before, so I did come up with some original conclusions.” Smith said the graduate program encourages students to do just as Marken did — to look for gaps in the historiography where there may not be very much information and try to fill those gaps. “I think the sophistication of her argument is very impressive,” Smith said regarding Maken’s paper. “She takes a problem and evaluates it from all different sides and throws in a lot of really interesting context and comes out with an idea that this is an imposed autonomy.” According to Smith, the Liberty history graduate program is the only fully accredited graduate program in history from a conservative evangelical perspective. “We stress that one of the most important things in being a Christian historian is to be truthful … and also give the Christian principles and Christian history a fair hearing, and that is not often done in the secular setting … We believe that Christianity and a biblical approach to history frees students up to really have real academic freedom. If you have a dedication to the scripture and a dedication to the truth, that frees you up to follow evidence wherever it goes.” Marken said she feels her instruction from the program has benefited her immensely and is due the credit for the national honor she received. “The Liberty history graduate program offers me guidance that is valuable,” Marken said. “When I am compared to students across the country, I saw that I am able to compete with them and measure up. It was really neat to see that the things that I have learned in graduate school are legit.” PAT was created March 17, 1971 at the University of Arkansas and has more than 350,000 members, according to the PAT website. HINES is a news reporter.

Ruth Bibby | Liberty Champion

HISTORY — Marken loves to read and learn about past events.


Hannah Lipscomb| Liberty Champion

NETWORKING — Local business women socialize with each other over refreshments.

Chamber promotes

People were encouraged to mingle at “Business After Hours” Nathan Skaggs

The Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted “Business After Hours” Thursday, Oct. 10, where local businesses and Chamber members were encouraged to network in order to build lasting business relationships within the Lynchburg community. Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College served as the venue and welcomed business representatives from around Lynchburg to network among the museum’s collection of 19th and 20th century works. According to Mike Lewis, director of sales for the Chamber, this is the first time the Chamber has held “Business After Hours” at Maier Museum of Art. Lewis said he believes many locals are unfamiliar with what Lynchburg has to offer, thus the reasoning for choosing this venue. “The idea is to give our business community — our members — a chance to see some of the things about Lynchburg that they may not be as familiar with as they should be,” Lewis said. Lewis said that promoting business networking is always the “subtext” of any event hosted by the Chamber. “Anytime we get several Chamber members together, there’s always the opportunity for new business contacts,” Lewis said. Liberty University alumnus Benjamin Walls of Walls Insurance Agency was among those representing local businesses taking advantage of this opportunity. “With this industry that I’m in, it’s all networking, and since I’m not from (Lynchburg), this is very important to get to meet new people — people who

ANNIVERSARY continued from A1 Because of that, the writers had to write to the length by determining the words per inch. “The photographer had to shoot, develop, print and then size each picture so that the original photo could be decreased or increased in size to fit the hole in the layout,” Wharton said. According to Wharton, her favorite part of the Champion was working with the students. “Teaching them, guiding them and preparing them in such a fundamental way for their future was rewarding to me,” she said. “We applied ethics reinforcing our worldviews and faith.” Wharton trained professor Deborah Huff to take over her role as advisor of the Champion in 1996, Huff said. According to



have been here for years, who are more established,” Walls said. Not only were business representatives able to network, but they were also able to meet the new president of Randolph College, Dr. Bradley “Brad” Bateman. Bateman said he entered the position July 1 after serving six years as provost of Denison College in Ohio. According to Bateman, “Business After Hours” was a chance for locals to see what is in their own community. Bateman also noted the venue as culturally significant. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for us to have the business community on campus get to see the Maier Museum ... one of our real gems,” Bateman said. “We have one of the best collections of 20th-century American art in any small college in America.” Martha Johnson, director of Maier Museum of Art, addressed the crowd following an official welcome by Bateman. Johnson shared a brief history of the museum and its intended purpose during the Cold War as a safe haven for pieces from the National Gallery, a government project known as Project Y. According to Johnson, the museum, which was still under contract with the National Gallery, was renamed Maier Museum of Art in 1983 following a generous donation by the Maier Foundation of West Virginia. Following the remarks, four door prizes were awarded to local businesses, including the Liberty Champion. For more information on “Business After Hours,” visit or call (434) 845-5966. SKAGGS is a news reporter.

her, the newspaper has made changes in technology, web presence, photography, printing and staff, but, most importantly, in its coverage of events. “Students are affected by what happens in the community, and the community is affected by what the students do,” Huff said. “It is kind of neat that our paper is going off campus and not just restricted to on campus. Of (all) the changes, that is probably the biggest one. People in the community read us.” The newspaper has covered several newsworthy events, Huff said. She remembered when the staff pulled together to put out a special tabloid that was a tribute to Dr. Jerry Falwell, Sr. after his death. “We had already put our last issue to bed,” Huff said. “We were done for the spring, and (the staff) came to me and said,


‘Mrs. Huff, we have to do a paper.’ They went to work, and in 24 hours, they had a beautiful tabloid dedicated to Dr. Falwell … I stayed with them, but they did it themselves. They wanted to do it, and that inspired me and encouraged me. More than 80,000 copies of the tabloid were distributed, which was the largest run ever.” According to Huff, her main goal as the advisor for the Champion is training champions for Christ in the newsroom. “A lot of our students that are on staff are going to wind up in public relations, some of them are going into journalism, some of them are going to go into broadcast,” Huff said. “So, to me, it’s important that they take those communications skills and their Christian faith with them wherever they go. That is my goal.” Overall, Wharton and Huff agreed the purpose of an advisor is to teach and provide a laboratory where students can mature and become successful. The Champion staff now publishes 22 issues per academic school year, unlike the four issues that were published when the Champion originally started. To view historical copies of the Champion between 19832012, visit HAHN is the news editor. OELRICH is the social media editor.


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Apple picking trip packs adventure

Slick roads and an immobilized bus could not keep Student Activities from enjoying Carter Mountain Orchard Tobi Walsh

A recent trip of more than a dozen students to Carter Mountain Orchard in Charlottesville, Va. nearly reached an abrupt end when a bus came close to overturning. Students aboard the bus for the Student Activities Apple Picking Trip experienced an unexpected turn of events when the 50-seat passenger bus became stuck in the mud and nearly fell down the side of Carter Mountain. The incident caused a backup of traffic all the way down the road. Liberty student Sean McDade and his group of friends decided to follow the bus up the mountain when they saw the narrow road. McDade said he was fortunate to have made that decision when he saw the bus tilted on the side of the road. “There was no way that bus was going to make it up that road,� McDade said. Student Activities said that although approximately 12 students attended the event, the large bus was chosen in preparation for the many students who registered for the event but did not arrive for the trip. Student Eric Keyrouze said that as soon as he saw the bus turn, he knew they were never making it up the mountain. “When I watched the tires spin out in the mud, I knew we were going to have to

ART continued from A1 “And so when we see beauty, we are experiencing an incredible facet of who God is.� Each sculpture is accompanied by a description about the moment it depicts as well as the story behind it. Smith believes that the story each sculpture tells is important. “To me, one of the biggest aspects of any art is

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STUCK — Students waited more than two hours for assistance while traffic halted. walk,� Keyrouze said. Keyrouze, who had hiked Sharp Top that morning, said that he was a little sore already. According to Keyrouze, it was a little annoying to make the trek by foot in the rain. As Keyrouze walked, he said he stopped and told curious bystanders stuck in traffic what was going on with the bus. “Yeah, our bus was stuck,� Keyrouze

its storytelling capacity,� Smith said. “Everything has a story. And I think that is the beauty of what these sculptures do. They tell a story.� Among the sculptures seen on the third floor is a replica of “The Kiss,� a photograph by Alfred Eisenstaedt. The photograph shows a sailor kissing a woman in Times Square while celebrating the end of World War II. Uriah Atwood, a junior

in Smith’s class, is a part of the group that created the duplication of the photograph. Atwood said he believes that this project has not only benefited him, but also other artists. “Spreading works and sharing good art is the very least I hope to gain, and maybe we can even inspire some other artists to make something,� Atwood said. Shortly after the first few days of class, students are given about a month to

said. “They’re pulling out now.� Keyrouze said car passengers encouraged him as he walked. “You better get some apples out of this,� a man in a van told Keyrouze. When Keyrouze finally made it up the mountain, he said he rejoined McDade, Laukaitis and Elizabeth DeMeo. Though the rain scared off most of the participants, it did not keep McDade and complete their sculpture. They work together to combine all of their ideas, according to Atwood. Carolyn Cardinale, a senior whose group duplicated the last scene from “Sixteen Candles,� said she gained group experience as well as experience working with unique materials. “We learned a lot about the importance of working as a team and maintaining communication so (that)

his group of friends from picking apples. McDade’s friend Josh Laukaitis said he never planned on going apple picking in the first place but decided to tag along when his other plans were canceled due to the rain. “My favorite part of apple picking has to be the people you go with,� Laukaitis said. “They always make it more enjoyable.� DeMeo said the rain added to the adventure. “It made apple picking a little more challenging,� DeMeo said. “It was definitely a memorable experience because of it. I mean, the people on the bus won’t forget it either.� The group hiked through the rows of trees as they picked Granny Smith and Winesap apples while observing the view of Charlottesville below. “I just wanted to have an adventure,� Keyrouze said. “I was getting apples out of the trip no matter what.� According to Keyrouze, after sliding around in the mud, the group emerged with a handful of apples. Keyrouze, who is originally from upstate New York, said that even though they were not like the apples from back home, he was still glad to have walked away with a little reminder of home. WALSH is a news reporter.

the project was effectively completed,� Cardinale said. “Working with packing tape and Cling Wrap was a new art medium for us, so there was a lot of trial and error as we figured out what the best method was.� In his office, Smith has a visual of a book that was made into a bird-like sculpture. He showed his art students the piece and told them the idea behind the figure is “knowledge

takes flight.� This idea, along with the idea behind the Cling-Wrapped sculptures, is to ultimately provide a new way to look at art. “I want people to appreciate the arts in general,� Smith said. “They can appreciate how art can be different, and maybe to see something in a different way.� SAMUELS is a news reporter.

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OCTOBER 15, 2013

Vote in Virginia’s governor election

The upcoming gubernatorial race will hold significant consequences for the future of our state and our nation Gabriella Fuller

E pluribus unum. The Latin phrase, inscribed into the Seal of the United States, is one of our nation’s first and greatest mottos. Translated into English, the expression reads “out of many, one.” Out of many states emerge a single nation. Or so was the intent when an Act of Congress adopted the Seal of the United States in 1782. But instead of the majestic picture of a united people depicted on our seal and crest, we are instead finding a nation divided, overcome by petty partisanship. News of the government shutdown has doubtless made headlines around the world. But how many of us realized just how personally the shutdown would affect our own lives? I, for one, did not take notice until I was forced to reschedule my weekend plans to visit Washington, D.C., and when Peaks of Otter was no longer open for hiking. Stop for a moment and take a look across our nation: Family and friends are on furlough. National parks are closed. Museums and memorials are barricaded, and government sites are shut down.

For those wondering how to make a difference and how to effect change — start with a vote.



These are but small ripple effects of much larger complications. As students, do we understand the gravity of the core problems facing our country? It is tempting to brush off the issue and give a quick quip about it not being our problem. But as students and future leaders preparing to enter the workforce, the government issues plaguing our country are very much our problem. Perhaps the greatest lesson to be learned amidst our nation’s executive crisis is that we do indeed have a voice, and we need to be aware of how we are using it. If you voted in the last election, you are responsible for the placement of our current congressional members. And if you abstained from casting a vote, you too placed people into power by refusing to use the voice you have been given. As students in Virginia, we have an upcoming opportunity to use our voices to say some-

thing meaningful. The gubernatorial election, taking place Nov. 5, is important not only for Virginia, but for the United States as a whole. According to Dan Balz from The Washington Post, Virginia’s gubernatorial race has national stakes. “For Republicans looking toward 2016, it is a real-time test of the challenges a full-throated conservative will face in the swing states that decide presidential elections,” Balz wrote. “There are good reasons to pay attention. In each of the past nine gubernatorial elections, Virginians chose a candidate who represented the party that did not hold the White House. If that pattern is broken this year, Republicans will be asking why.” For those wondering how to make a difference and how to effect change — start with a vote. Register for the upcoming election and make decisions consciously and intentionally. Who we elect and who takes of-

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SPEAK OUT — Students should participate in the upcoming Virginia election. fice has powerful effects for the people of this nation. As Bishop Kevin J. Farrell warned in his Red Mass address on Capitol Hill, divisive arguing and selfish behavior will do nothing but tear our nation apart. “Today we are more like Babel than Pentecost, we are more about confusion than wisdom, more separate in and by rhetoric than united,” Farrell said. “We may disagree. But there can be no place for derision or smugness. When we respect differences of opinion in dialogue, we respect and revere the differences that provide variety and

give texture to this great country of ours.” Regardless of which party you side with, something must be done to safeguard our future from falling back into its current state of dissension. The government shutdown will not last forever. It will reach an end. When it does, I hope our generation remembers what has happened and makes the necessary steps toward changing the future.

FULLER is the opinion editor.

Movie sequels see increased showtime David Van Dyk

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STOP SEQUELS — Series like “The Fast and the Furious” limit the industry to tiresome repitition.

by Greg Leasure It is one of those lessons that can take years to learn, and some people go a lifetime without learning it. People hate change. It makes no difference whether or not the change is good or bad. The smallest differences in a time-honored routine can make anyone bitter,

For decades, many have looked to Hollywood as a sort of citadel, where master storytellers produce great works of amazing fiction, capturing the hearts and minds of the audience. I often find myself entrapped in a suspenseful story, imagining myself within the harrowing situations of the hero. However, a noticeable trend has been occurring, and it involves movies like “Fast & Furious,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Saw” and many others. Recently, several news sources reported three more installments will be made for “The Fast and The Furious” series. That means that we will be seeing installments seven, eight and nine of “The Fast and the Furious” series. A fifth “Pirates of the Caribbean” will also be gracing the screens of theaters everywhere, even when a large majority of moviegoers, including myself, thought the third film would have ended the swashbuckling movie series just fine. Even though the movie

but it is amazing how much finding a way to accept change can improve your outlook on life. Having said that, there are few forms of change more annoying than construction. Most people accept construction as a necessary evil, but loud noises and congested roads certainly lead to their share of head- LEASURE aches. With all the construction projects happening at Liberty University, it can sometimes seem like complaining

industry continues to make sequels, I believe the greater potential for movies that challenge us to think deeper and examine our own lives is found in new, groundbreaking movies. Though sequels might prove to open the wallets, original movies have the capability to open minds. Stephan Schultze, cinematographer and executive director at Liberty’s Zaki Gordon Cinematic Arts Department, talked of how it comes down to the people who watch the movies. “What’s changed is who goes to the movie and how many people go to the movie,” Schultze said. “The industry generates 60-70 percent of revenue in the foreign market. When I or someone else make a movie, we only make 30-40 percent of our money in the domestic market.” Schultze went on to talk about the risk of making a single movie tailored for American culture, which would cut off possible viewership overseas, therefore virtually chopping potential revenue in half. “Because the studios are in the business of making

global films, they have to take global ideas, things that translate and play as well in the United States as they would in Europe, in a tent in Afghanistan, in India or in Russia,” Schultze said. “You name it — it’s got to be accessible to a global market.” Movies like “The Fast and The Furious,” reach a very wide audience, all the way from Brazil to Australia with a few stops along the way. According to Internet Movie Database, the sixth movie made more than $238 million in the U.S. and nearly $789 million worldwide Sept. 5, 2013. Or take “Pirates of the Caribbean,” which made more than $241 million in the U.S. Sept. 25, 2011 but more than $1 billion worldwide Nov. 25, 2011. When I look at the numbers and listen to the experts, I realize Hollywood is part citadel for master storytellers and part bank. Looking at the numbers, sequels simply satisfy audience craving for entertainment. If there is a demand for sequels, then the demand will be answered. “Nobody really is in

about construction is the official pastime of Liberty students. Despite the temporary inconvenience it causes, I believe these students are missing the point. As an employee of the Liberty Bookstore, I have met countless Liberty alumni who return to campus wide-eyed and amazed at the amount of growth that has come to Liberty Mountain. Once the initial shock wears off, the great majority of those people say they love how much their school has improved and wish they could have had access to all the school offers today. Instead of focusing on temporary inconveniences, we should be thank-

anything strictly for the art except the artist,” Schultze said. “Anybody who is taking that art and making money on that art has to look on the return on investment, and they have to do the math.” According to Schultze, smaller, singular movies do not have the distribution power that large studio productions have. “Those don’t have the broader reach because they don’t get the distribution that studio films create, but that really is where the market is today,” Schultze said. “I think there will be a returning of the studios to smaller films probably in the next 5-10 years, because it’s a natural cycle.” As movie industry professionals like Schultze examine the market in order to better understand the opportunities it holds, I look to it with eager expectation. It is my hope that as we journey through life, we will be inspired and uplifted with novel, encouraging stories of valor that challenge us to be better than we can be.

VAN DYK is an opinion writer.

ful to be attending a Christian school that provides so many positive changes for its students to enjoy. In my short three years in Lynchburg, I have witnessed a new addition to Williams Stadium, a new Liberty Baseball Stadium, the additions to the Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre, a new library and much more. I can only imagine what the future holds for Liberty, and I would never trade a minute of the construction it took to get there. I fully expect to return to Liberty 10 years from now and marvel at new facilities that I wish would have been available to me when I was a student, and I would not have it any other way.


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Shutdown affects military families

The government’s inability to reach an agreement is hurting the people who most deserve our protection Sara Warrender

For those of you praying for our government, bruising your knees from countless hours of repeating Obama’s name to God and hoping for divine intervention, let me write a few more concerns on this prayer list of yours. As we all know, or should know, the government is currently shut down indefinitely. According to washingtonpost. com, the House and Senate must agree on 12 appropriations bills to fund the federal agencies and set spending priorities. Basically, this year, the men in Congress could not agree, so they shut their doors and went home. The House attempted to pass a bill that would delay the funding of Obamacare for one year, but anytime Obamacare is threatened to be delayed, the Senate does not pass the bill. In theory, Congress could pass a stopgap budget — continuous resolutions — to keep the government funded, but of course they could not agree on what this stopgap would include, so it did not happen. According to, federal workers were divided into excepted and non-excepted groups. Managers at federal agencies determined these ranks. Approximately 800,000 non-excepted federal workers were sent home. So, who does the government consider essential? Those still working include 1.3 million federal workers, 1.4 million activemilitary members, 500,000 Postal Service workers and workers within independently funded agencies. According to, the shutdown is costing $12.5 million an hour, $300 million a day and $1.6 billion a week. Hey, taxpayers, you foot that bill. But here is a bit of good news, members of Congress will continue to get paid regardless of the shutdown. It is a law. What really hits home for me is the fact that members of the military are directly affected in multiple ways. With the shutdown, the Veterans Benefits Administration cannot process education and rehabilitation benefits. For the 3.6 million veterans who are awaiting their compensation, if the shutdown continues for two or three weeks, veterans might not receive disability claims and pension payments. Families of five U.S. military men who tragically died did not receive benefits because of the government shutdown. Ac-

cording to, death gratuities for service members typically total $100,000, which pays for any funeral bills and travel expenses for families. “I was irritated at first, since my grandparents are receiving veteran pay, and they don’t have another source of income due to both of them being retired,” Taylor Wright, active duty Marine, said. “Another thing, some of the guys I’m with aren’t getting as much from veteran affairs for their college classes, and they are doing online classes. To those who died and aren’t getting anything, (it) is completely irresponsible on the government’s part.” The knowledge that families went without pay when they were grieving is infuriating. When I was a senior in high school, my brother Jacob was involved in a tragic motorcycle accident. I got the call on a rainy Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m. By the next morning, my other brother Aaron, Photo Provided who is an active Navy sailor, and his wife were flown from Japan and stood by my HOME AGAIN — Aaron Warrender is reunited with wife Brittney and son Conner. side in that stuffy hospital room. My brother Aaron was on American soil 14 short hours after I initially got the call about the accident. My brother Jacob passed away a week later. Aaron and his wife, Brittney, stayed for a month with us, — SARA WARRENDER grieving. The idea that family members of these five men were not able to be together at “It is sad to think that all that we do for may be required to pay for all travel costs such a tragic time is heart wrenching. the military and this country is not put into associated with the recall to duty stations. Drill weekends have also been canI cannot imagine being so far from my consideration when they cut funds from loved ones during such a time of need. my unit and cut certain benefits,” Marine celed for those in the reserves. AccordI can honestly say I survived the death James Turner said. “(It) makes me think ing to, the shutdown has of my brother because of God and the sometimes, ‘Why would someone start tak- affected the military men and women’s morals and readiness by restricting their support of my family, which always stood ing from the ones that protect the U.S.?’” by my side. Obama realized his mistake and signed test flights and other drills necessary for According to, the Fisher H.J. Res 91 Oct. 10, which, according to training. “I am in charge of three Marines, and House Foundation, a Maryland-based, allowed the government to nonprofit, gave the five families the money pay the death gratuities to military families. when I had to tell them that we were not they needed, with the Department of DeThanks, Obama. All better now? Not supposed to show up for (training) duty, fense promising to pay the Fisher House quite. Let us look at the other ways the the reaction I got from them was not the best,” Turner said. “My Marines love Foundation back. military is affected by the shutdown. to train, and when they were told there The fact that a nonprofit had to pay According to, along will be no training, they were at a loss of these funds instead of the Department with veterans’ pay, retirement checks words. They had a hard time swallowing of Defense is embarrassing for all of could be delayed or reduced in October. it all via phone call.” America. Education centers supporting service Because Congress cannot agree, we all “(Those in government) are going behind members and families will be closed. must pay the consequences, especially the backs of the men and women who are Tuition assistance will not authorize or the men and women who protected their defending this country,” sophomore Joshua grant newly added classes, and those takfreedom to disagree. If the men in ConHounsell said. “I think that is very wrong, ing classes with a lower level of credits gress do not stand behind our troops, I and if something is not done, we will lose will not receive full financial coverage. would definitely welcome them to stand the support of our military, honestly.” Military treatment facilities’ hours will The news of the military cutbacks was be reduced, and workers will be limited in front of them. not received well for those who are serving. for on-base health care. Finally, units

Because Congress cannot agree, we all must pay the consequences.

Low education standards cripple U.S. Americans must find a more effective way to combat substandard international averages in education Tyler Beaston

According to a Huffington Post article by Joy Resmovits, America’s educational performance has fallen behind international levels. Resmovits reported that in an exam known as the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), Americans performed well below the international average on math, reading and problem solving, lagging far behind top performers. There are many methods that people and agencies have implemented to try to halt the decline. According to the National Education Association (NEA), rewarding teachers and schools that produce students who do well on achievement tests is a popular solution. However, I doubt its true effectiveness. Another approach the NEA has found America implementing

to fix the issue has been to impose more external testing — an approach that I believe lowers academic standards. This method makes schools appear successful, but it fails to help students succeed. If anything, I believe they feel less inclined to put forth effort because they know they can obtain the same grades with less work. “For years, states around the country dummied-down standards to make it look as if students were more prepared for success after graduation than they actually were,” Joel Klein said in a New York Post article. “Raising standards will mean we now have a more true measure of how well our students are learning.” Unfortunately, success seems to be defined by the number of graduates a school spits out, rather than the students’ caliber. According to Amy Weisberg, a teacher and columnist for the Huffington Post, students are

hardly encouraged to excel when the teachers’ only ultimatum is to pass as many as possible. Pupils are rushed through their education, taught to take standardized tests without truly learning. “The current focus of education is on results, as in test results,” Weisberg wrote. “The powers that be have deemed it the sole measurement for students’ success, and when the scores don’t add up, the finger of blame is pointed squarely at teachers.” When success is measured in numbers, quality is sacrificed for quantity. It would be naïve to submit that declining education quality and standards is the root of Americans’ misfortune. But it certainly exacerbates our problems. The issue is not only limited to youth either — adults’ outlook is grim, too. PIAAC was given to “157,000 adults in 24 countries and regions,” Resmovits wrote. “Most

participants took the test at home and could use computers to help with answers.” “Americans scored 270 in literacy on average, compared with 296 in Japan,” Resmovits wrote. “In numeracy, or math, the U.S. scored 253, below the international average. The oldest U.S. adults were close to the international average, but American adults in every other age group performed far worse than the world average.” Addressing the problem is easier than solving it. First, I believe it requires a level of personal responsibility. We should acknowledge our individual lethargy and support positive changes within the education system. Weisberg presented five significant steps on the path to effective education. Some of the steps included early education, support and funding for teachers and students, and parent accountability, according to her article.





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I do not fully agree with all of her opinions or ideas for implementing her steps, but supporting teachers and students and holding parents accountable seem to be decent places to start. All things considered, I would argue that the U.S. has a long slog ahead, no matter what corrective path it follows. BEASTON is an opinion writer.

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LaHaye encourages wellness Three-part health seminar allows students to learn simple steps for stress prevention from health professionals Marybeth Dinges

The LaHaye Student Union continued its Health and Wellness Series committed to keeping the college student’s fear of the “Freshman 15” at bay Wednesday, Oct. 9. The three-part series focuses on lifestyle changes that students can make to reduce stress with simple steps to better their health and wellness. The first edition to the Wellness Series began this semester, Sept. 11, with a seminar on fitness and tailoring a personal program. “It’s important to have the information and to be aware of wellness and the nutrition that so many students struggle with,” Jamie Swyers, the associate director of fitness at the LaHaye Student Union, said. Robin Quay, who spoke at the second event of the series Wednesday, is a registered Liberty dining dietitian. She has been working for Sodexo for six years and presents students with various ways to get their daily nutrition. During her seminar “Why Weight: Food for Fitness,” Quay told students why starting healthy eating habits in college is important. “Fifty percent to 75 percent of health issues in this country are due to dietary issues,” Quay said. “What you do now is going to affect what you do later, especially the things that you eat now.” Quay presented students with three main points and encouragement with finding healthy food to eat in the Reber-Thomas Dining Hall on campus. Her first point was to always

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KNOWLEDGE IS POWER — The seminar, entitled “Why Weight: Food for Fitness,” informed students about healthy eating habits. plan ahead. According to Quay, a student should plan out meals before eating them. All the meals and menus for Reber-Thomas Dining Hall are posted on in advance. “We do not plan to fail. We fail to plan,” Quay said. Another point was to eat regularly. Quay said eating can actually help with stress if the food eaten is nutritious. She said to stay away from unhealthy carbohydrates found in white bread,

pasta, rice and drinks such as sodas, juices or sports drinks. Quay encouraged students to read the labels on protein or nutrition bars, and try to keep the ingredients on the label to four or five. Lastly, Quay mentioned that no one can do it alone. “You have to rely on God’s power,” Quay said. “Share it with a friend to keep you accountable.” The students were given recipes for healthy nutrition bars and

“A Simple Guide to Good Eating,” which states being healthy starts with the definition of carbohydrates, proteins and fats. “I did not know how bad protein bars were or how many healthy choices there are to eat on campus,” Rachel Edrington, a communications student who attended the event, said. “I will definitely start reading the labels from now on.” According to the LaHaye Student Union, all Liberty faculty,

staff and students are welcome to attend the event where they can expect to learn more about fitness, nutrition and wellness each month in the aerobics room. Refreshments and multiple prizes are also provided for the guests. The last edition to the series, “T.H.I.N.K. Your Better Way to Better Health,” will be presented by Dr. Annette Florence Nov. 13, according to the Splashpage. DINGES is a news reporter.


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Registration deadline approaches After 5 p.m. tonight, Virginia residents and students will not be permitted to sign up for voting in the state Sophia Hahn

The last day to register to vote in the Nov. 5 Virginia election is today, Oct. 15, according to the website. states that anyone who would like to vote in the election Nov. 5 must register before 5 p.m. The City of Lynchburg, which includes Liberty University’s campus, has had 505 new registrants to vote in the months of August and September of this year, according to the website. Students living on campus who are registered to

vote in the Nov. 5 election will do so at the polls set up in the Vines Center between the hours of 6 a.m. – 7 p.m. For students who are registered to vote but do not live on campus, they must vote at the designated polling stations denoted by the map to the right. Students have been able to register on Liberty’s campus since the beginning of the school year. For those who are still interested in registering to vote, they can register online at



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Campus crime rate remains consistent Police say annual report displays no drastic increase or decrease in prohibited behaviors throughout the year Joshua Janney

Liberty University released its 2013 Campus Crime Report Oct. 1. The annual crime report, which is compiled by the Liberty University Police Department (LUPD), provides important information on Liberty University’s Campus safety and crime statistics. According to Police Chief Col. Richard D. Hinkley, the crime rate has been consistent over the years. “If you look at the stats, it always flows up and down a little bit, but we haven’t seen a huge jump or a huge decline in anything else,” Hinkley said. “Even though we have seen a fairly large increase in population over

the last several years, we haven’t seen a huge increase in crime.” Hinkley said that although the university’s increasing growth of students is a good thing, it has caused a rise in alcohol misdemeanors. “The one that we see more often than not is the alcohol violations, which is very typical across most campuses,” Hinkley said. “And we’ve seen a jump in that because our population went up. But it was something that, percentage wise, is probably around the same.” According to Hinkley, the procedures for assembling the report have been consistent over the years, though more detail tends to get added in the subsequent years. “Every now and then, the federal government changes what

has to be reported,” Hinkley said. “For instance, in this year’s report and the last two years’ reports, there is a very large thing in there which is on fire. What fire suppressant systems are in residence halls? How many fires did you have in residence halls? That information was required, so it just adds more information and more detail to that report.” One change to the report that Hinkley suspects will be made is the reporting of stolen goods due to numerous people asking about how many property crimes the university has. Despite this, Hinkley said the persons crimes on Liberty’s campus have been very low. “Almost all of these (crimes) have something to do with people,” Hinkley said. “And our persons crimes on this campus

have been very low for a long time because I think we have students here on this campus for a particular reason. The Christian attitude and the values make a big difference.” According to Hinkley, the crime report serves the primary purpose of meeting federal regulations that are specified in one of LUPD’s guidebooks. “There is just a specific list if you want to compare what (crimes) are out there,” Hinkley said. “We do those particular statistics for the three most recent years. In other words, the 2013 report has statistics on the same sets of crimes for 2012, 2011 and 2010.” Hinkley said compiling the report involved contacting local law enforcement, people within

the university and the Office of Student Conduct. “We talk to those who are called ‘Campus security authorities’ and get their data, compile it all together and put it in one big report,” Hinkley said. “Then we publish not only online and email it to everybody, but we have to report those statistics to the Department of Education. They are the ones responsible to collect that data.” The report covers the three previous calendar years from Jan. 1 - Dec. 31. Anything adjacent to Liberty’s property is reported to the Lynchburg police, and the Lynchburg police are not involved with the campus crime report. JANNEY is a news reporter.

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Alumni and students celebrate the past with a parade, football game and more than 20 other campus events Mark Tait Melissa Skinner James Ebrahim

More than 2,800 guests will flood Liberty University’s campus for Homecoming weekend Oct. 18 - 19, according to Tyler Falwell, the university’s director of alumni relations. Alumni and students will have the opportunity to attend multiple events and cheer for the Flames as they take the football field to battle against conference rival Coastal Carolina University in the Homecoming game Oct. 19 at 3:30 p.m. At 1 p.m., the Homecoming Parade will begin on Evans Boulevard near Green Hall and travel down University Boulevard

before concluding near the circle dormitories. According to the Alumni Relations Web page, in addition to Saturday’s Homecoming Parade and football game, scheduled athletic events include ice hockey, soccer, volleyball and field hockey. The homecoming football game and other athletic events will not be the only activities available to alumni throughout the weekend, according to Falwell. Several events, such as a carnival and tailgate on the back lawn of the Hancock Welcome Center and a 5k race at Camp Hideaway, will give visitors the opportunity to experience a variety of activities throughout their stay. “Your athletes have an opportunity to participate in the race that is taking place at Camp Hideaway that weekend,” Fal-

well said. “Families have carnivals with tons of rides and prizes. Really, there is something for everybody.” According to Elizabeth Karr, event supervisor at Student Activities, she has been pleased with the results of recent Homecoming weekends. “We always receive really positive feedback from students and alumni after our Homecoming weekend events,” Karr said. “These events are very popular and provide a great deal of community and school spirit for both current and past students.” The success of last year’s homecoming is becoming evident in this year’s registration numbers, according to Falwell. In 2012, 800 guests had registered for Homecoming weekend at the beginning of October, but at the same time this year, more than 2,800 visitors had signed up

to attend. Alumna Michelle Goodacre, of the class of 2012, said she will be one of the many guests attending Homecoming 2013. “I look forward to seeing how Liberty has changed since I graduated,” Goodacre said. “I want to see the progress of the campus, and I look forward to doing this all while being able to meet up with old friends.” According to Falwell, the goal of his office is to not only show off Liberty throughout the weekend, but develop a deeper rapport with alumni like Goodacre. “Everything we do is for relationships and to keep the Liberty experience alive,” Falwell said. “We need the alumni to put a face behind the office, (to have) somebody they know they can reach out to when they have a need or concern, or move to a new location and want to find

a local church that is Libertyconnected, or want to know the alumni in their area.” Alumni will have the opportunity to build a relationship with the Alumni Relations office and reunite with classmates as Liberty celebrates Homecoming with more than 20 separate events, according to the Alumni Relations Web page. For more information on Homecoming or to register for the weekend, visit alumni/homecoming.

TAIT is the asst. news editor. SKINNER is a feature reporter. EBRAHIM is a news reporter.

LU strong safety Joe Seamster strips the ball away from Southern Connecticut State’s Bob Bartone during action in the Homecoming football game. — LIBERTY CHAMPION, 1985

Gail Emerson, Miss Liberty 1985, waves to the crowd... — LIBERTY CHAMPION, 1985

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REMINISCING — Archives show Dr. Jerry Falwell, Sr. riding a bull, meeting with Ted Kennedy and the drama students performing “Dirty Work at the Crossroads.”


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Students gathered at the bonfire Friday, Oct. 5 to get pumped up for homecoming weekend... — LIBERTY CHAMPION, 2012

The Jerry Falwell Library is nearing completion and will include a robotic book retrieval system. — LIBERTY CHAMPION, 2013

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GROWTH — Liberty is the largest evangelical university in the world and continues to expand both in student body and on-campus facilities.


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BASKETBALL — Schofer has been capturing the beauty of Liberty’s campus since 1973.

Vines photographed Mark Tait

The Vines Center has played host to Liberty basketball and volleyball games, as well as many Convocation services and events throughout its 23year history, according to its Web page. Les Schofer, Liberty’s senior photographer, has captured many of the happenings in the Vines Center, and he recently photographed the facility from a different perspective ­— the top of the dome. According to Schofer, he used a lift and boom

pole, which is visible on the top of the photo, to climb to approximately 15 feet below the top of the Vines Center roof. The photo is one of many shots Schofer has captured throughout his time at Liberty. The senior photographer has been taking photographs at Liberty since 1973, only two years after the university was founded. As Liberty’s staff photographer, he has watched the university grow and change through his camera lens. TAIT is the asst. news editor.

while the Zip Car spots will be moved to the Green Hall Transfer Center. Martin said more changes are coming to the Reber-Thomas parking lot, as 200 parking spaces will be closed off, and the walkway between ReberThomas and the Bailey Lot will be shut down. Zone 1 parking pass holders should not be greatly affected, according to Martin, even with a reduced number of parking spots. “I expect to have enough zone 1 parking available for existing zone 1 permit holders on normal class days,” Martin said. “But things will be really tight after 10 a.m. MondaysThursdays.” Martin said when there are a lot of guests, zone 1 parking may become unavailable during the afternoon, and permit holders may need to park elsewhere. “During heavy visitor days, some zone 1 permit holders may find it necessary to park in Bailey or Doc’s Diner,” Martin said. “I would strongly recommend that Doc’s Diner or Liberty Mountain Drive parking area be used since the access into and out of Bailey will be limited by the vehicular tunnel project.” According to Martin, the walking times should be relatively similar no matter which parking area mentioned above is chosen. New parking permit assignments for zones one through four have been suspended until after College For a Weekend in November, according to Martin. He said the administration wants to make sure their response to construction and parking changes has been adequate before assigning new passes. The hiatus on issuing of new parking passes has proven difficult for some. Liberty junior Mandy Wine expressed frustration that the only parking permit she is allowed to purchase is for the Residential Annex Park & Ride. Wine said she shares a

carpool permit with her roommate but has wanted to get her own pass so she can drive to school with ease. Martin said improvements are also planned for making the zone 4 parking lot on East Campus bigger and bringing more transit coverage to the area. According to Martin, the new residence hall tower being built on Champion’s Circle should not account for a large increase in parking needs, as it is only replacing existing dorm rooms. Even so, Martin said, the new residence hall is next to the East Campus pedestrian tunnel, so students could park with ease in zone 4 if needed. FRIBERG is a news reporter.

FYI Zone 1 parking has expanded to remaining parking spaces in Bailey and into Zone 3. All new parking permits will be issued to the Residential Annex Park & Ride permit (A2) or an applicable auxiliary campus permit until further notice. Regents Parkway will close between the Sonic entrance and the tennis facilities, and the Sonic entrance on Regents Parkway will also close.

Filming from one coast to another Caleb Lee started East West when he saw there was a need for more creativity in wedding cinematography Sophia Hahn

“The works of our hands are only a reflection of the hope that is in our hearts,” Caleb Lee, the owner of East West, a nontraditional wedding videography company, said. “It turns out that people are extraordinary, and sharing meaningful stories is effortless.” After spending two years at Liberty University as a communications major, Lee realized the plan God had put on his heart. He opened East West in 2010 to help tell the stories of couples in a more artistic manner. “When I was 16, I had the calling to offer my time to make films for an international charity, Allow The Children,” Lee said. “It was while in Nepal that God put the desire in me to start a business in which I could tell other meaningful stories. As I looked around the (film) industry, I saw that wedding videography rarely was a craft that couples valued or had a high standard of quality.” According to Lee, he now receives hundreds of requests to film weddings across the United States each year but tries to limit himself to 30 weddings per season. “To make a film that will remain meaningful for the decades to come means that I will make an effort to personally know each couple in the months leading up to their event,” Lee said. “After all the Skype video chats and coffee shop conversations, by the wedding day my couples feel like we’re family, and that allows us to capture the intimate moments

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that our work is known for.” East West’s work can be seen on Style Me Pretty, Once Wed, Bravo TV, Wedding Chicks, South Asian Brides and more, according to their website. “I feel so fortunate that East West has grown at such an outstanding rate since 2010,” Lee said. “Every day, I get new opportunities to work for unique clients all over the U.S. Much of our growth I owe to blogs … who often showcase our films and spread our work to their 2 million readers.” Lee currently hires two freelancers to help him film weddings — Liberty sophomore Eli Perdew and former Liberty student Josh Etheridge. According to Perdew, he has known Lee since the age of 13 and started helping with the company shortly after it opened. Perdew explained that East West’s tactics for filming weddings is differ from other companies. “We look at wedding films very differently than the normal person would look at a wedding film. It is a movie,” Perdew said. “Their day is the story … with the couple and (their) families as the main characters.” East West wants to capture the beauty of the nature of a wedding without the need of perfection, Perdew said. “We don’t want to take away from their day at all,” Perdew

— CALEB LEE said. “It is not taking photos. We don’t want anything to look posed. So I guess that is the biggest goal, to capture the natural beauty of the day that is already there and not have raw footage, but more of a storyline beginning to end when you watch it each time.” Etheridge said he first gained knowledge of filming by working for the Liberty Godparent Home (LGH). “My film work started with creating short films and capturing moments and testimonies at (LGH),” Etheridge said. “I am very grateful for the opportunities I have had through Liberty University.” According to Etheridge, after meeting Lee early this year on a cinematography project, he earned the opportunity to begin working with East West on a regular basis. “My favorite part about working for East West is the ability to travel and create with likeminded artists,” Etheridge said. “As God himself is a creator and makes new things everyday, I think he is pleased to see us create wedding films for people to view for the rest of their lives.” Lee also said he is grateful for his time at Liberty and being able to meet others with a similar mindset. “I am so thankful for my experience at Liberty University, which allowed me to connect

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ARTISTRY — Etheridge and Lee film weddings across the nation. with other creatives who are not only passionate about their careers but recognize the divine accountability for their work,” Lee said. According to Lee, who is not sure what the future holds for East West, he puts his full faith in God’s hands. “I have tried not to set personal goals that may interfere with the vision God is slowly giving me for my business,” Lee said. “My team and I are excited that

we are getting more opportunities to work for clients who are passionate about telling meaningful stories and are allowing us to capture their projects with the same attention to detail that we use for weddings.” To see the work of East West and for more information, go to or @calebjordanlee on Instagram. HAHN is the news editor.


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A cold, rainy and windy afternoon proved to be a negative factor for both the Liberty Flames and the George Washington Colonials lacrosse teams Saturday, Oct. 12. While the elements were against them, the Flames were able to pull out an 11-8 victory due to a second quarter surge. With 9:49 remaining in the first quarter, Liberty scored first with a goal from midfielder Stephan Schnabel. However, the Colonials answered with a goal of their own from attacker Lars Chinburg, tying the game at one. Moments later, Chinburg added his second goal, giving the Colonials the lead. Although George Washington held possession for most of the first quarter, Chad Moore put another goal in the net for the Flames with 2:31 left. “When it’s rainy and wet, it always takes everybody some time to see what their stick is doing differently,” Head Coach Kyle McQuillian said. “So for us to adjust and adapt to our surroundings took us a while. We really never got rolling, there was a little (momentum) in the second quarter … but I’m not sure if we completely found our rhythm. In the second quarter, the Flames were able to string together multiple goals to gain a cushion over the Colonials. Midfielder Bryce Mrakovich and attacker Ryan Miller led the barrage, scoring four of the Flames’ five goals that quarter. Goalie Ethan Kamholtz and the defense were stingy, only allowing one goal in the quarter. They also neutralized Chinburg for the rest of the game. “Kamholtz was the best addition we had last year,” McQuillian said. “I think he is going to continue to be that for us. I think people underestimate having a strong goalie … We are going to rely (on him) a great deal this season, especially since our transition to Division I (DI).” By halftime, Liberty held a 7-3 lead, but the Colonials fought back. In the third quarter the Colonials scored three goals, including two from attacker Charles Frattini.

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“I couldn’t tell you what was running through my mind,” sophomore Tyler Bullock said about scoring the winning goal in the second overtime. “All I know is I ran straight to the bench, but didn’t have to run far before they all met me on the field, and we celebrated as one.” The Liberty Flames (5-5, 2-3 Big South) were looking for a win Saturday night against the Winthrop Eagles (7-3-1, 1-2 Big South) to keep their playoff chances alive. Sophomore Tim Harbison put the Flames on the board in the 38th minute, giving Liberty a 1-0 advantage. Six minutes later, Harbison led the Flames to a 2-0 lead with a corner kick that found its way into the back of the net. “It always feels good to contribute to the victory by scoring, but I was just so pleased with the fight and determination from everyone on the field,” Harbison said. Liberty goalkeeper Jeremy Lee held the Eagles scoreless until the 78th minute. Winthrop’s Adam Brundle put the Eagles on the board on a penalty kick. Seven minutes later, Pol Sole’ soared one in from the top of the box, tying the game 2-2. In the final minute of the contest, the Flames had a chance to finish with a corner kick opportunity. The Eagles kept the Flames from scoring, sending the game into overtime. The Flames were determined heading into overtime, firing four shots in a 10 minute time frame and did not allow the Eagles a chance to score. With help from midfielder Tanner Wilcox, Bullock was able to find his way to the goal for the winning score in the 104th minute of the game, giving the Flames a victory golden-goal over the Eagles. “I felt ready to make a difference in this game, and I knew everyone on this team was

USE YOUR HEAD — Sam Dunnick (2) heads the ball upfield against Winthrop.


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The Liberty Flames men’s Division I hockey team split a weekend series with the University of Arizona Wildcats at the LaHaye Ice Center, October 11 and 12. Arizona 5, LU 1 Despite outshooting the Wildcats, the Flames could not hold off the fellow American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) top-25 team, conceding the game, 5-1, Friday, Oct. 11. With the victory, the 19thranked Wildcats handed the No. 10 Flames their first defeat of the season. “It’s definitely tough to lose our first game of the season, but with this loss, we take lessons from the game with us and use them to further develop our skills overall,” Flames freshman forward Charles Williams said. Halfway through the first period, Arizona’s Andrew Mrumes scored the Wildcats first goal on

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a power play. The Flames quickly responded with a goal from Williams on assists from senior defensemen Jackson Kuhn and sophomore forward Bram Erickson. The Flames fell behind when Arizona’s Ansel Ivens-Anderson managed an assisted goal from Michael Ferreira to finish out the first period with a 2-1 lead. Liberty could not seem to gain speed through the neutral zone and struggled to score throughout the rest of the game. “We definitely needed to tighten up defensively and move the puck quicker to get a transition on Arizona’s forecheck,” junior defenseman Cam Bakker said. “When we get shots, we need to shoot to score, capitalizing on our opportunities.” Ruth Bibby | Liberty Champion The Wildcats managed to add BIG HITS — Liberty rebounded to thrash Arizona in game two. two additional goals by the end of the second period, giving them a Overall, the Flames outshot men’s hockey team looked to be 4-1 advantage going into the third the Wildcats 38-28, but Arizona doomed to a similar fate Saturday period. goaltender Steven Sisler made 37 night, allowing Arizona to score a “The team worked to keep a saves against the Flames. power-play goal to go up 1-0 less positive energy on the ice, but we than two minutes into the game. struggled because we weren’t get- LU 5, Arizona 2 However, from then on, it was ting the bounces we needed and Less than 24 hours after suffercame out flat,” Williams said. ing its first loss of the season, the See SWITCH, B2

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Striving for greatness at next level

Former Flames QB and Walter Payton Award candidate plays wide receiver for the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars Tom Foote

Ever since he was a fiveyear-old boy, Mike Brown always dreamed of playing in the NFL. Brown’s dream became a reality when he signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars May 7, 2012. Despite making it into the NFL, Brown described his journey as a wild scenario that he has been able to take advantage of thanks to former Liberty recruiting coordinator and wide receiver coach Charlie Skalaski and former teammate Rashad Jennings. Jennings, who was a running back for Liberty from 2007-2009, has been in the NFL since 2009 and was teammates with Brown for one season. “(Jennings) going through what he went through and playing in the NFL and coming back in the offseason helped prepare me what to expect and what to prepare for,” Brown said. “So I’m very thankful to have him put me through that process.” Despite not being drafted, Brown received a training camp invitation from the Jacksonville Jaguars as a wide receiver, which opened up the opportunity for which he had always been looking. Although he was a Walter Payton Award candidate at quarterback for Liberty his junior and senior seasons, Brown mostly played wide receiver his freshman and sophomore seasons, and the experience at both positions has helped his transition into the NFL. “(Getting) that experience at quarterback allowed me to know … how certain things ran (and) just helped me better understand what it was like from the other side when it was time for me to go to receiver.” After impressing the Jaguars, Brown signed with the team as a free agent and managed to make the team’s practice squad during the 2012 season. Brown made his debut for the Jaguars Aug. 10,

2012 against the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants in a preseason game. “That was the first time it really hit me,” Brown said. “I was out there, and you look across the field in warm-ups, and you’re like ‘Oh, that’s Eli Manning. That’s Victor Cruz,’ and you see all those bigtime guys you sit down and watch on TV growing up.” Despite being slightly starstruck initially, Brown is embracing the chance to play across the field from star players. “It is definitely a blessing to be here, but at the same time, you have to remember that you are here for a reason as well,” Brown said. “It’s very exciting to have this blessing and opportunity to be able to compete (against) those guys and those type of guys that you kind of look up to and learn from.” Despite playing in the preseason, Brown was on the practice squad for the team’s first 14 games, but was finally called up to the 53-man roster and made his NFL debut against the New England Patriots Dec. 23, 2012. Although hindered by injuries early during the 2013 season, Brown managed his first career catch Sept. 8, 2013 against the Kansas City Chiefs. “When you have preseason games, you have some catches, you have some success and, you know, you kind of carry that same mindset,” Brown said. “But to finally get a catch in a regular season is exciting, something I was really happy about. I’m looking forward to getting out there and keep on getting better.” Brown recorded a career-high four catches for 49 yards versus the Denver Broncos Oct. 13. Although Brown is busy in the NFL, he still takes time out to follow the football program at Liberty and is excited about the direction of the team. “I think (Head) Coach (Turner) Gill is doing a really good job there,” Brown said. “We lost a lot of guys from the year that

SWITCH continued from B1 all Liberty. The Flames won the contest in a resounding 5-2 victory. The Flames counted on balanced scoring, as five different players contributed with five goals. Lindsey LeBlanc and Caleb Grow led the team with two assists each. After a one-sided start, the course of the game was reversed when team captain McCombe

I graduated ... They ended up a little shaky last year, but they ended up coming on late in the year and getting another conference championship … so I think it’s very exciting to follow. It’s my first time being been able to follow Liberty as a fan, so it’s good. I miss (playing for Liberty), but it’s definitely very exciting.” Brown credited the coaching staff at Liberty for much of his on-field success. “I think our coaches did a good job overall, just with the way they ran the program,” Brown said. “Everything was set up like a professional program. (Former Head) Coach (Danny) Rocco did a good job with that. His schedule is very similar to the way the schedule here is now. It’s very organized.” Like any player, Brown has long-term goals, but for him, the short-term goals are the ones that help him to fulfill even bigger dreams. “(I) take it one day at a time,” Brown said. “I’m not too big on long-term goals. Obviously, yeah, you have long-term goals, but I’m more of a shortterm type of guy, I just focus on the next day and what I can do tomorrow to get better from what I did today. So I think if I focus on it that way, what you want in the long run

buried a shot from a LeBlanc pass to tie the game at 1-1. “As a captain, you want to lead by example,” McCombe said. “It’s nice when you can go out there and put one in and get the guys going. It was a great play by LeBlanc.” Arizona allowed Liberty to take the lead at the 15:11 mark in the second period, as Erickson sneaked a backhander past Wildcats goalie Sisler. Later in the second, assistant captain

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IN STRIDE — (Top) Brown runs a route versus the Philadelphia Eagles in a preseason game earlier this year. (Bottom) Brown made his first NFL catch versus the Kansas City Chiefs September 8, 2013. will definitely come.” Brown may have fulfilled his dream of playing in the NFL, but for him, this is only the beginning of the dreams he had as a

Kuhn took a pass from LeBlanc and put it past Sisler to give the Flames a 3-1 advantage. The Wildcats scared the Flames early in the third as Murmes notched his second power-play goal of the game just a minute into the period. Only 20 seconds later, the Wildcats had a five-on-three power-play when Flames goalie Blair Bennett cleared a pass over the glass. The Wildcats could not convert on a 1:40 two-man advan-

five-year old boy. “(I)’ve come a long, long ways,” Brown said. “But you know, the way I see it, I still have a long ways to go.”

tage, missing a chance to capitalize on an exposed net. Bennett also made several gritty saves, turning away 26 of 28 shots in the game. “(Bennett) kept us in the game. He’s been strong for us for three years, so it was nice to see him play so well,” Flames Head Coach Kirk Handy said. The Flames gave themselves some breathing room with 13:32 to go in the period on a powerplay goal. Ryley Egan took a cen-

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tering pass from forward Robert Ward and zipped it into the back of the net. Williams sealed the game with just under four minutes left, scoring a goal to give the Flames a 5-2 win. The Flames will host the 12thranked Davenport Panthers Oct. 18 and 19 and will travel to Tucson, Arizona for a rematch with the Wildcats later this season. JONES and TICHENOR are sports reporters.


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Big South open for taking The Flames hope to win their second straight conference championship this year Football Championship Subdivision with three interceptions, while fellow defensive back Walt Aikens and linebacker Scott Hyland lead the Flames in tackles. Offensively, running back Desmond Rice has had a positive impact in the backfield, and Liberty has also received help from wide receiver Darrin Peterson. Rice leads Liberty with 401 yards on the ground and six touchdowns in six games. Peterson leads the team in receiving yards with 401. Peterson has also notched four touchdowns and two 100-yard receiving games. Coastal Carolina enters this Saturday’s game undefeated at 6-0 (1-0 Big South). They are coming off a strong 42-7 victory against Gardner-Webb. The Chanticleers are led by running back Lorenzo Taliaferro, who is fifth in the nation

Jonathan Husker

As Liberty heads into Homecoming 2013 weekend, the football team begins preparation for the much-anticipated showdown against their rival, the No. 6 Coastal Carolina Chanticleers. Saturday’s matchup against Coastal Carolina will begin a four-week stretch of Big South conference games. The stretch will be followed by a nonconference game. The Flames will conclude with their regular season with the fifth and final conference game. The Flames defense has been strong during the first six games of the season. Currently, Liberty’s defense is ranked No. 6 in the nation, giving up only 16.7 points per game. Defensive back Kevin Fogg is currently 11th in the

in rushing with 835 yards and third in touchdowns, reaching the end zone 13 times. Liberty, currently sitting at 3-3, has the advantage of coming off a bye week, which granted the Flames extra preparation for Saturday’s game. Since 2003, the two teams have split their 10 games with five wins apiece. After Saturday’s game against the Chanticleers, the Flames will travel to Boiling Springs, N.C. to face GardnerWebb. Gardner-Webb stands at 4-3 (0-1 Big South), coming off a loss to Coastal Carolina. After the Gardner-Webb game, the next matchup for the Flames will be against Virginia Military Institute (VMI). VMI is 1-5 (0-1 Big South), and coming off a streak of four straight losses. A matchup with the Presbyterian Blue Hose 1-4, (0-0, Big South) will follow the

VMI game. After Presbyterian, Liberty has its final nonconference game of the season against Brevard (2-4). The game will be the Flames third straight and final home game of the season. Liberty’s final Big South game will come against the Buccaneers. Charleston Southern is currently undefeated at 7-0 (1-0 Big South). The matchup between Liberty and Charleston Southern will be an exciting conclusion to the Flames season. According to flames, tickets for reserved and premium seating are sold out, leaving only general admission. HUSKER is a sports reporter.


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Football schedules FBS foes Emily Brown

With Liberty in pursuit of an invitation to join a Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) conference, the Flames will play several highly ranked FBS opponents in the coming years. The Flames football team is currently a Football Championship Subdivision program and is hoping to graduate to FBS play in the next few years, according to Athletic Director Jeff Barber. Liberty will continue the tradition of opening its season against FBS foes in 2014. After falling in three consecutive years against N.C. State in 2011, Wake Forest in 2012 and Kent State in 2013, the Flames hope to reverse their streak in 2014 as they take on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Barber said the game will give Liberty “an opportunity to compete at the highest level.” In 2015 and 2016, the Flames will take on additional FBS opponents. According to the fall 2012 edition of the Liberty Journal, the Flames football team will play West Virginia, which is in the Big 12 Conference, in 2015. The Flames will battle another Big 12 team, the Baylor Bears, in 2016, according to Also in 2016, the Flames will head to Blacksburg, Va., to play the Virginia Tech Hokies for their first game in history against an FBS opponent from the same state, according to the Liberty Journal. For more information about the Flames football program, visit liberty. edu/flames. BROWN is a copy editor.

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Liberty Champion/B4

Making progress in minor leagues

After being drafted, a trio of former Flames continue their journey toward the pinnacle of the sport, the MLB Greg Leasure

The Liberty Flames baseball team stayed busy during the summer of 2013. After winning the Big South Conference Tournament in May and finishing second in an NCAA regional, Flames players spread out throughout the country to keep playing and improve their skills, but three members of the team had bigger plans for their summer. Josh Richardson, Trey Wimmer and Ryan Cordell all packed their bags and headed off to start their professional careers within days of being selected by the San Diego Padres, Chicago White Sox and Texas Rangers respectively in the June Major League Baseball Draft. After completing short workouts in Arizona, Wimmer, Cordell and Richardson were assigned to separate Rookie League teams where they competed against players with similar levels of experience. Wimmer shared playing time behind the plate in Montana with the Great Falls Voyagers, while Richardson spent most of his time pitching in Oregon for the Eugene Emeralds before earning a promotion to the Padres’ low-A level affiliate, the Fort Worth Tin Caps. “It was great,” Richardson said of his August promotion. “I was definitely blessed with what I was able to accomplish in that rookie season. I got to play against Cordell, John Niggli and Ian Parmley, former teammates at Liberty. It was cool to see them in (professional) ball as well and play against them.” According to Wimmer, being drafted had been a dream of his from an early age. “When I started playing at four years old, my dad says I wanted to play professional baseball,” Wimmer said. “Obviously I knew there were 32 teams. I just wanted to play for one of them.” Richardson’s path to professional baseball was much more indirect. According to him, he always envisioned himself playing shortstop, but after some help from the coaching staff at Liberty, he found his home on the mound.

Richardson said his transition into professional baseball did require a few adjustments, and it only took one hitter for him to discover a necessary change. “The seams are a little bit lower than the NCAA balls, so it just got away from me, and I hit him right in the ribs,” Richardson said. “It kind of flustered me a little bit. I was like, ‘There’s no way I started my pro career by hitting somebody right here.’” Richardson soon showed his ability to get hitters out with the different seams, but he and Wimmer both found a lot more differences between college and the minor leagues than just the ball. “Obviously in Division I baseball you have a lot of great pitchers, but in the draft, they just take the best of those,” Wimmer said. “So it’s kind of like seeing a Friday night guy every day.” According to Wimmer, a longer schedule and frequent bus rides — the longest of which was 16 hours — required more energy than normal. In the midst of his hectic first season, Wimmer also found the time to go home and get married. “The White Sox were nice enough to give me five days off,” Wimmer said. “So I flew out on Friday, and I came back on a Tuesday.” Fortunately, Wimmer said the Voyagers catchers shared equal playing time throughout the year, allowing him to only miss out on one potential game behind the plate. Both Richardson and Wimmer will report to Padres and White Sox Spring Training in early 2014. Although they will not find out their assignments for next year until March, Wimmer hopes to advance to the low-A level Kannapolis Intimidators or the high-A level Winston-Salem Dash. Richardson said he expects to spend next season at low-A level Fort Worth or at highA level Lake Elsinore Storm. For now, the two will spend the offseason living and working out in Lynchburg while they prepare for their second full season of chasing their dream — to someday play Major League Baseball.

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Liberty Champion/B5

Courtney Russo| Liberty Champion

All-around contribution leads to win SLICE AND DICE — Sophomore midfielder Brittany Aanderud dribbles the ball between two High Point defenders Saturday afternoon.

Liberty rebounds from a Radford loss to defeat High Point 2-0, earning their fourth Big South victory

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The Lady Flames women’s soccer team came out of bad weather with a 2-0 win Saturday, Oct. 12, thanks to two goals scored by Rebecca Smith and Crystal Elmers. Liberty (9-4-1, 4-1-1 Big South) took on the High Point Lady Panthers (5-8, 3-3 Big South), a Big South opponent, in the game, marking the halfway point in Liberty’s 2013 conference schedule. The game was plagued by rain, particularly in the late minutes of the game when even seeing across the field was a challenge. Nevertheless, Liberty found a way to score goals and play tough defense. With 1:45 left to play in the first half, Smith received the ball approximately 30 yards out from the goal and struck a laser at High Point goalie Jesse May. The ball hit perfectly off the crossbar and bounced into the goal for a 1-0 Liberty lead. The second goal came at 70:18, when Elmers took the ball on the right side of the field. With no defenders in front of

her, Elmers lined a shot from 25 yards out that hit off the left cross bar and ricocheted into the net. The goal was assisted by Erika Troutman and Geena Swentik. Both Elmers’ goal and Smith’s goal came from good teamwork. “I thought both goals were opportunistic,” Head Coach Jessica Hain said. “I think that our girls were looking to shoot, and one of them was actually against the wind (in the first half) … it was just a great looking goal,” Hain said. Liberty controlled the second half, quickly clearing balls and not allowing any breathing room for High Point on corner kicks. Additionally, Liberty made the most of offensive opptunities. High Point did not give Liberty many clean looks, yet the Lady Flames still found a way to put the ball in the net. Liberty goalkeeper Holly Van Noord also had a game to remember. According to, Van Noord recorded a conference-leading ninth shutout of the season. Van Noord also matched a Liberty record, tying Karen Blocker (2012) and Natalie Mayer (2001) for the

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IN THE ELEMENTS — Forward Julia Delagatti advances the ball upfield. single-season shutout record. Despite all the positives for the Lady Flames, sophomore defender Alex Mack left the game with an injury 10 minutes into the second half. Hain was uncertain about the status of Mack’s injury but is certain that her absence will be felt. Liberty will continue conference play

with a home game against Virginia Military Institute Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 4 p.m. Liberty’s five remaining games in the regular season are all conference games. ABRAHEMSEN is a sports reporter.

Swim team eyes ‘Ring before spring’ Jacob Tellers

Liberty’s women’s swimming and diving team has high expectations for its upcoming season after placing second in the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association the previous two years. In only the fourth season of Liberty’s swimming and diving program, Head Coach Jake Shellenberger has assembled a team with many members from a 2012 team that ended the season ranked 37th in the nation. “I don’t have goals for the team,” Shellenberger said, explaining his coaching philosophy. “(This) is good in a coaching sense because they make up the goals on their own. If a coach

THRILLER continued from B1 ready to go out (and) score some goals and get the W,” Bullock said. Liberty outshot Winthrop, 23-14. Lee recorded seven saves on the match to Winthrop’s nine. “This win means a lot to me and the team, because now we have kept our hopes alive in the Big South,” Harbison said. “I have always had faith in our group. I just feel like we have gotten caught at some crucial moments in games. So it meant so much to win a

says, ‘OK, here’s the goal — win a conference title,’ that’s a coach’s goal, but it doesn’t come from the team.” Shellenberger explained the benefit of this coaching method. “If it’s (the coaching staff ’s) goal for them, they don’t own it,” Shellenberger said. “But if it is their goal … we can hold them accountable, and we can say, when training gets tough or when they are hurting and tired, ‘Remember your goals. You said to us you want to do this.’” According to Cori Gary, a junior team captain, the team has a unified goal. “We want first this year,” Gary said. “We finally have seniors on the team. We want to get them a ring, because if you win the conference, you get a ring. So that’s

game like that with so much on the line.” Liberty will take on the Howard Bison on Tuesday, Oct. 15 in hopes of keeping their winning streak alive. “A former player from Liberty spoke to us before the game about how playing for God number one, playing for family (the team) number two and playing for Liberty University third will bring you success,” Bullock said. “And I think we proved that today.” TYREE is a sports reporter.

FALL continued from B1 The Flames were able to put one goal on the board and held a slim 8-6 lead heading into the fourth. Liberty capitalized on penalties and miscues from the Colonials. With 6:22 left in the game, the Flames pushed their margin to three goals when they scored with a man advantage. Three minutes later, attacker Kurt Tobias put another goal through the net after Mrakovich slashed through the defense and found Tobias open five

our thing — ring before spring.” Liberty will face a challenging schedule this year as they take on teams from the Big 10, Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and Southeastern Conference. “The Big 10 is the fastest swimming conference in the country,” Shellenberger said. “So any time you are racing against Big 10 competition, you know that you should be in some good meets.” In order to build up the swimming program, the team brought its first diver, Courtney Fox, in during the offseason. “It’s a very interesting situation,” Shellenberger said. “We rent board time from University of Virginia (UVA), and she goes up there on the weekends and dives. So no coach, no boards, but we have diving.”

In addition to Fox, Shellenberger is excited to see how other transfers and freshman swimmers can help the team. The Lady Flames opened their season at the Virginia Tech Swimming Challenge where they defeated the Radford Highlanders 267-81 and the James Madison Dukes 197.5-157.5. However, Liberty came up short against ACC opponents the Virginia Tech Hokies 228.5-115.5 and the North Carolina Tar Heels 262-87. Senior Emile Kaufman had an impressive day in the pool, highlighted by a first-place finish. Kaufman won the 50-yad breaststroke with a time of 28.49. She placed second in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:17.41) and third in the 50-yard butterfly (25.26).

Liberty’s team of Kaufman, sophomores Kendall Hough and Jess Reinhardt and junior Meghan Babcock also finished first in the 200-yard medley relay. Reindhardt placed first in the 50-yard butterfly with a time of 25.12 as well. Liberty will travel to East Lansing, Mich., to face Michigan State and Illinois Oct. 25 at 5 p.m. The Lady Flames only home meet is against Vanderbilt Nov. 8 at 5 p.m. TELLERS is a sports reporter.

yards away from the goalbox. (T)his is the first time we could do anything this season,” McQuillan said. “It shows us a lot that we need to work on once we get to the spring. It is always a success when you come away with a victory.” The Flames and Colonials are newly formed conference foes since Liberty moved up to DI in the South Eastern Lacrosse Conference. They will play each other again April 5, 2014. BATTLE is the sports editor.

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LOCKED IN — A Liberty player winds up for a shot.

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Liberty Champion/B6

Alumna excels as ESPN sportscaster Since graduating in 2009, Samantha Ponder has gained national fame while reporting on college sports Greg Leasure

Liberty University graduate Samantha Ponder wasted no time in climbing the ranks of the sports broadcasting world. After reporting for the Flames Sports Network (now the Liberty Flames Sports Network) during her senior year of college in 2009, Samantha Ponder worked at the Longhorn Network and Fox Sports before starting her current job at ESPN, where she is most known for being a part of the popular Saturday morning show, â&#x20AC;&#x153;College GameDay.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really nothing like â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;College GameDay,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Samantha Ponder said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of those things where it had been described to me before I ever did it, but until you get out there and you just see the crowd and the insanity thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s there at four in the morning, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just something special.â&#x20AC;? In addition to â&#x20AC;&#x153;College GameDayâ&#x20AC;? Saturday, Samantha Ponder said her weekly schedule includes feature stories early in the week, reporting at a game Thursday and â&#x20AC;&#x153;College Football Liveâ&#x20AC;? Friday. When the college football season ends, she will take the court as a basketball reporter for ESPNâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coverage of college basketball and later the NBA Playoffs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m usually on a plane six to eight times a week, so you definitely get your frequent flier miles up, but it comes with the gig,â&#x20AC;? Samantha Ponder said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If there is a negative, the travel would probably be it, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s certainly not worth complaining about.â&#x20AC;? According to Samantha Ponder, sleep can be hard to come by, but her passion for sports and the people she meets along the way make it all worthwhile. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fun about this job are just the people you get to meet, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just your Urban Meyer and your LeBron James type people,â&#x20AC;? Samantha Ponder said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more the regular people that you meet at the sites. We have such a cool crew for â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;College GameDayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;Ś Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of developed into a family, and when you spend that much time on the road, you need that.â&#x20AC;? Samantha Ponder said that her faith in God, much of which she credits to her parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; guidance, has also helped

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ON CAMERA â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Ponder hosts â&#x20AC;&#x153;College Football Liveâ&#x20AC;? at Clemson with David Pollack (middle) and Desmond Howard (right). her shrug off the constant pressure that comes along with working in such a competitive industry. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It takes away the worry that I think is so prevalent in this industry, that constant paranoia that people arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going to like you, or what are people going to say on Twitter or online?â&#x20AC;? Samantha Ponder said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have lucked out that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve gotten to work with some people who share my faith, right now on â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;College GameDayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; working with a guy like David Pollack who loves the Lord and loves his family can be an encouragement to me.â&#x20AC;? Despite only graduating four years ago, Samantha Ponder replaced popular sideline reporter Erin Andrews last year on â&#x20AC;&#x153;College GameDay.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think I have some sort of formula that makes you successful in this industry,â&#x20AC;? Samantha Ponder said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know one thing for sure, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s this: if you treat people right along the way when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re an intern and when you feel like youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not doing anything important, that will make a difference in the long term.â&#x20AC;? According to Bruce Carey, the senior

producer for the Liberty Flames Sports Network who worked closely with the reporter at Liberty, Samantha Ponderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success on and off the camera can be traced back to her ability to create good relationships with the people around her. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The thing about (Samantha Ponder) was the fact that she could relate to anybody, whether you were a college student, a coach or a player, whoever you were,â&#x20AC;? Carey said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Instantly, she had the ability to figure out what made you comfortable. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really unusual.â&#x20AC;? Samantha Ponder, originally a Phoenix native, interned for ABC Sports in New York City for three years before coming to Liberty. According to Carey, the two met before football season began, and Samantha Ponder wanted an opportunity to do sideline reporting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;After talking with her for a while, I realized she had kind of the trifecta,â&#x20AC;? Carey said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She had the looks, the personality and the sports background. She had everything that I was looking for, but she was basically untried. So I put her on the sidelines for our first football game that

year, and she just hit a home run.â&#x20AC;? As if Samantha Ponder, formerly Samantha Steele, did not have enough football in her life, she married Christian Ponder, an NFL quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings, in December of 2012. Samantha Ponder did admit that her career has progressed faster than she expected it to, but she attributes all of her success to God. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think the cool thing about that as a believer was to see that thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no big deal for him,â&#x20AC;? Sam Ponder said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He made the moon and the stars. Getting a 22 year old or 23 year old a job that she thinks is cool is no big deal for him.â&#x20AC;? Despite all of Ponderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recent advances in the professional realm, she said she feels content with where she stands. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have learned in my brief adult life that the more I plan, the more things go wrong,â&#x20AC;? Sam Ponder said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So, right now, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just trying to appreciate the opportunities that I have and be grateful for that.â&#x20AC;? LEASURE is the editor in chief.


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Clubhouse reopens with new name Greg Leasure

Liberty University cut the ribbon on the newly renovated East Campus Clubhouse, which was renamed David’s Place, Friday, Oct.12. According to the David’s Place Web page, it now includes a Jamba Juice restaurant, a game room featuring five gaming stations equipped with 46-inch televisions and PlayStation 3 consoles, a 24-seat movie theatre, new heating systems for the outdoor pool and heaters for the deck area. In addition to the new features, the facility also includes multiple televisions, seating areas and billiards tables for students to use. Freshmen Ashley Locklear and Bethany Thomas had never been to the new David’s Place before it was renamed, but said they enjoyed the opening night by taking advantage of the new Jamba Juice. “I think it’s really nice that there are a lot of places for us to go so (that) we’re not all crowded in one place,” Locklear said. “It’s just nice to have a variety so we’re not eating (at) the same place every day.” Liberty President Jerry Falwell, Jr. said that when the old David’s Place building near the Bailey parking lot was torn down to make room for the Liberty Baseball Stadium last year, his wife, Becki Falwell, had the idea to have the East Campus Clubhouse take on the David’s Place name. Before cutting the ribbon and allowing students to explore the updated facility, Falwell took a few minutes to explain the significance of David’s Place. Falwell said that David DeMoss attended Liberty in the 1980s before he was killed in a car accident during his senior year in 1986, but his outgoing personality and love for those around

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GOOD AS NEW — David’s Place, formerly the East Campus Clubhouse, features entertainment and a Jamba Juice.

David was always fun to be around, and his life was loving Jesus and loving people. — DEBORAH DEMOSS FONSECA

him influenced many people. For that reason, the old David’s Place building, which was originally a student hangout spot, was named after him following its construction in 1986. “David (DeMoss) was always fun to be around, and his life was loving Jesus and loving people,” Deborah DeMoss Fonseca said. “And it just showed in ev-

erything he did.” Fonseca and David DeMoss are two of seven children of Arthur S. DeMoss, for whom the university’s main academic building is named. A wall near the entrance of David’s Place now features notes written by people whose lives were influenced by David DeMoss, including the resident

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assistant on his dorm, Liberty graduate and frequent Convocation speaker Vernon Brewer and people he worked with at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. “(David DeMoss) was on the tennis team here at Liberty,” Fonseca said. “Two or three guys wrote from the tennis team, and they said he was a great tennis player. But what really stood out was what a profound love he had for the Lord and how he wanted to make sure that other people knew the Lord too.” Fonseca said she heard stories of her brother’s constant focus on the needs of other people. When he attended Liberty, the dress code required male stu-

dents to wear ties to class, and according to Fonseca, David DeMoss felt bad that some of his friends did not have enough ties. Every so often, he would buy a box full of ties and hand them out to some of his friends. Fonseca said she hopes that students will be reminded by the David’s Place name of the importance of being focused on eternity and building relationships with God and other people. LEASURE is the editor in chief.


OCTOBER 15, 2013

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Snowflex hosts military families Lynchburg community military members enjoyed a soggy Military Family Fun Day on top of Liberty Mountain Katey Roshetko

The Office of Military Affairs welcomed Liberty University and the surrounding community’s military members and their families to its Military Family Fun Day Saturday, Oct. 12 at Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre. Despite the clouds and the rain, fathers, mothers and children, as well as active duty, reserve and retired military members came to enjoy free ski and snowboard rentals, tubing and a barbeque lunch catered by Sodexo. “The event has gone so well,” Ashley Eskridge, Military Affairs outreach coordinator, said. “In spite of all of the rain, I’m impressed with how many people showed up.” Children of all ages screamed and laughed as they rode down the hill on inner tubes. Even the struggle to stay upright while sliding down Snowflex’s slippery turf failed to erase the grins from their faces. “I think it’s so nice that (Liberty) is doing this,” Alissa Sarate, a military wife who traveled from Florida to visit her husband in the Fort Lee area, said. “It’s always encouraging to get a lot of military families together, especially with all the events happening with the government shutdown. Sometimes it’s easy to feel alone, but events like this are great for bringing people together.” Inside the lodge, people enjoyed staying warm and dry while eating pulled pork sandwiches, hot dogs and other picnic foods. Outside, most activity circulated around the bunny hill — a foreboding mountain to kids under three feet tall. Between the sweat and the rain, their clothes were soaked and their hair dripped into their face. “We were expecting to get wet, just … not so soaked,” James Kelley, U.S. Air Force veteran, said. “It was a good opportunity to get (the kids) out here and see if they actually like skiing or snowboarding.” Snowflex held the first family fun day in 2011. In the first year, about 200 guests attended the event each semester. This year, the rain did its best to keep people away, but past attendees knew it would be worth it to come again. “Even with the rain, it’s been a great day so far,” Heather Harris, who has at-

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DOWN THE MOUTAIN — A rainy day made for even faster slopes for families to enjoy on the bunny hill. tended several previous Military Family Fun Days, said. “Everything that is done is always first class.” The event gave military members a safe place to allow their kids to play and the unique opportunity to connect with other military families. “I find this to be a positive influence for the kids,” Kelley said. “Hopefully, one day we’ll have them come here to Liberty.” If Kelley’s kids do come to Liberty, Military Affairs will be there to assist them. Eskridge said that all the Military Affairs workers have a great heart for serving military students, both residential and online. “We love to honor the military because of the sacrifices they make every day,” Eskridge said. “We are also very supportive of the military families, because while the men and women are deployed, the spouses are the ones who are at home taking care of things.” Military Affairs intends to continue the Military Family Fun Day tradition next semester close to Easter. It will also host

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TUBING — Many toddlers enjoyed their Saturday on the slopes. Military Appreciation Week in November with events such as a candlelight vigil to honor the fallen, a special military appreciation Convocation and a care-package drive for deployed soldiers.

For more information, visit the Military Affairs Web page through ROSHETKO is a feature reporter.

SCAREMARE continued from B10

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INSPIRATION — Many runners choose to have victims’ names written on their arms during the race.

FREEDOM continued from B10 Every year, runners are encouraged by Freedom 4/24 staff members to have a sextrafficking victim’s name written on their arms as inspiration during the race. Many runners ran with Hunt’s name written on their arms in last year’s Run for Their Lives race. According to Hunt, the gesture gave her hope. “Last year, I cried the whole time,” Hunt said. “I was honored and speechless.” Liberty University student Emily Becker ran her first 5k to help fight human trafficking alongside friends. “I thought the race was good and how I expected it to be,” Becker said. “It was easy with encouragement from friends.”

The Run for Their Lives race allows all different kinds of people to participate in the run, whether they are devoted athletes who have been training for been training for the race or not. According to Becker, other than running a few times, she did not train intensely for the race, but she was still able to run for half of the race. In the end, the race is focused much more on the cause to end human trafficking and to save women and children than on winners or times. “The work of Freedom 4/24, the freedom that we are able to bring to countless women and children around the world is directly related to the size and success of our Run for Their Lives events,” Spaulding said. “The registration fees and additional donations received are the life-

is in charge of the students who present the concluding message. Students from his contemporary youth communication class preach the gospel to visitors. “These are students who are trained in public speaking, called to ministry, and are now getting the chance to step out and preach,” Brown said. According to Brown, thousands come to Scaremare each year expecting a night of spooky entertainment, but many leave surrendering their hearts to Jesus. “I’ve been doing this for years, and I’ve watched a 10-15 percent spiritual return by attendees,” Brown said. “So out of every 1,000 people who come through, we generally see 100 people give their lives to Christ.” According to Vandegriff, the ministry of Scaremare is something that should not be missed. “The reason we do Scaremare is to engage lost people with the reality of life and death,” Brown said. “This could be one of the few times in someone’s entire life that they hear a brief, yet clear presentation of the gospel. I want those in the Liberty family to know that that’s why we do it,” Brown said. Tickets for Scaremare are $8, but college students with a valid ID can attend the event for just $3 each Thursday. For more information on Scaremare, visit SHERLOCK is a feature reporter.


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VICTORY — The finish line was located at Lynchburg College. blood of the work we do.” Freedom 4/24’s Run for Their According to the Freedom Lives race or about the organi4/24 website, Jacob Booth, 15, zation, visit finished first in the 5k in a field BUNNER is a that included 1,028 runners. For more information about feature reporter.

More than 6,500 people were in attendance during one of Scaremare’s busiest weekends on record last year, Oct. 12 and Oct 13. According to last year’s records, more than 300,000 people have visited.

OCTOBER 15, 2013


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WHAT: Fall Festival WHERE: Liberty University Equestrian Center, Lone Jack Road, Rustburg, Va. WHEN: 1 p.m. DESCRIPTION: Student Activities is hosting a day full of horseback riding, games, pumpkin painting, hay rides, food and more.

WHAT: Boulevard Pumpkin Festival WHERE: N. Boulevard and West Leigh Street, Richmond, Va. WHEN: 12 - 6 p.m. DESCRIPTION: Celebrate with Richmond’s festival in your best Halloween costumes and enjoy local food, music and the chance to celebrate community.

WHAT: Farm Fall Festival WHERE: 5500 Mollies Creek Road, Gladys, Va. WHEN: Every Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.- 10 p.m. DESCRIPTION: Auburnlea Farms will be offering a corn maze, straw maze, walkthrough puzzles, five-acre pumpkin patch, hay rides, farm tours, a 40-foot slide, corn cannon, pedal tractor track, outdoor movie nights, live music (Saturdays), and dances on the pasture.

WHAT: Howl-O-Fest at Kings Dominion WHERE: 16000 Theme Park Way, Doswell, Va. WHEN: After dark DESCRIPTION: This family-friendly amusement park turns into a park full of zombies, fog, creatures and pitchblack thrill rides after dark. Visitors can enjoy Halloween-themed shows in their theaters or walk through haunted trails. The event is only recommended for ages 13 and up.

WHAT: Halloween Show at the Schoolhouse WHERE: 131 Old Colony Road, Madison Heights, Va. WHEN: 6 p.m. DESCRIPTION: There will be pumpkin carving and decorating, costume contests and live music by Singleside, Jupiter’s Incense, The Handsome Bandits and Diesel & Dixie. Information on this event and bands is available on Facebook.

WHAT: Fall Fun Fest at Hyland Heights Baptist Church (HHBC) WHERE: 11452 Wards Road, Rustburg, Va. WHEN: 12 - 8:30 p.m. DESCRIPTION: HHBC will host an evening of fun with hay rides, cake walks, candy machines, rock walls, laser tag, silent auction and food, including Barbeque and Brunswick stew.

OCTOBER 15, 2013



Career fairs Sara Warrender

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NIGHTMARES — A new year brings new scare tactics as the haunted-house-style event aims to reach unsaved people.

Scaremare screams begin The Liberty-run haunted house ministry marks its 41st year of existence with new frights

Dillon Sherlock

Liberty University crept its way into October with the opening of the 41st annual Scaremare Thursday, Oct. 10. The event, which draws tens of thousands of people each year, will run every Thursday through Saturday for the rest of the month. Scaremare is one of Liberty’s unique ways of bringing the gospel to the unreached by way of spine-chilling entertainment. Attendees go on a frightening journey through a series of mysterious situations, including spooky houses, dark woods and people

in terrifying costumes. The trail ends with a clear presentation of the gospel. Last year marked Scaremare’s 40th anniversary, which brought several major changes to the event. This year, attendees can expect to experience something totally different, according to Steve Vandegriff, Scaremare director. “Let’s just say we have turned things around, and I’ll leave it at that,” Vandegriff said. “If people think they know how it goes, they won’t anymore.” Last year, Scaremare attracted more visitors than ever before, with approximately 26,000 people in attendance. This year, the

Scaremare staff is shooting for an even higher number of visitors. “A big part of this high number is due to the fact that we had nine dry nights, and we live and die by the weather,” Vandegriff said. “This year, we expect an even higher turnout, but we are keeping our eyes on the sky.” According to Vandegriff, Scaremare attracts groups of people who travel great distances for the event. “People use Scaremare as a travel destination and make a weekend of it,” Vandegriff said. “I’ve seen groups come all the way from New Jersey and Florida.” In order to put on an event

this size, Scaremare runs on volunteers, which come exclusively from Liberty. “We generally need about 150 students per night to run Scaremare,” Vandegriff said. “Most of these students do this to fulfill their Christian/Community Service requirements. We get a good amount of students from all different majors and classifications.” At the end of Scaremare, participants are brought into tents to hear the gospel presented by Liberty students. Richard Brown, an assistant professor of Youth Ministries,


Lynchburg runs for freedom Ashley Bunner

Hope and excitement filled the air as more than 2,000 people gathered at Lynchburg College Saturday, Oct. 12 to participate in the Freedom 4/24 Run for Their Lives race. According to, Freedom 4/24 is an organization that collects money in $24 increments to buy young girls around the world a night of freedom from sexual slavery. Registration for the race buys a young girl the chance to be ministered to in a Freedom 4/24 safe house, where they are given the chance to live permanently. According to, this is the 5th annual Run for

Their Lives race in Lynchburg, which consisted of a 1k Kids Fun Run and a 5k run/walk. Fifty kids participated in the fun run, and more than 1,000 people participated in the 5k. According to Freedom 4/24 President and Executive Director Tim Spaulding, the outcome of the race was fantastic. Runners said the hills on the course were challenging, but it was all worth it in the end. “The course was much harder than I thought it would be,” participant Kylie McMichael said. “The hills were worse than the ones on Liberty University’s campus, which is where I usually run, but it was worth it.” Sara Hunt, a former human trafficking victim, spoke before

The Liberty University Career Center is hosting the Health Professions and School of Communication & Creative Arts career fairs over the next two weeks, inviting all Liberty juniors, seniors and alumni in pursuit of jobs or internships. Both fairs will be held from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. in the Reber-Thomas Dining Atrium. The Health Professions Career Fair will be held Oct. 22, while the School of Communication & Creative Arts Career Fair will be Oct. 29. According to the Career Center’s website, the Health Professions Career Fair will include 20 employers. Carilion Clinic, offering full-time and parttime jobs and internships, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, offering full-time and part-time opportunities, and the Medical Center of Central Georgia, which will offer internships, will be at the fair. According to Courtney Tate, employer relations coordinator, the Medical Center of Central Georgia is the second-largest hospital in Georgia and gives students an opportunity to expand their skills. “(Employers) who (are) coming to this fair, they all have openings,” Tate said. “I think, before, there weren’t as many options to get internships and jobs, and this time, there are a lot of opportunities for students to move forward with an internship or job. So, that is really exciting.” The School of Communication & Creative Arts Career Fair will include 18 employers. Among the companies that will be represented are ABC 13-WSET (internships), WDBJ Television (internships), the National Journalism Center (internships) and The Lynchburg News & Advance (internships). “Our director (Richard Glass) has been very intentional about getting a wide range of employers and also some of the larger companies that might have more opportunities for students,” Ryan Andrews, career counselor at the Career Center, said. Students are encouraged to visit the Career Center for résumé critiques, instruction on how to introduce themselves to employers or to receive help in taking steps to prepare for future careers. WARRENDER is the feature editor.


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RACE — Participants ran with aiding sex-trafficking victims in mind. the race began and encouraged runners with her story of being saved from human trafficking. Hunt encouraged women who are going through a tough time to

lean on Jesus and establish a good support system.


The next issue of the Liberty Champion will highlight the career fairs available to students for the remainder of the year.

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